Ambition Institute has designed this ground-breaking new NPQ to help you develop your knowledge and understanding of what high-quality, early years education and care looks like.
Ambition’s ‘little and often’ approach uses the latest evidence to help you put your learning into practice in your early years setting. You’ll train alongside other early years leaders with similar responsibilities, focusing on developing your expertise to tackle the persistent problems you face in your role.
This is a new NPQ developed by the Department for Education. It was developed with an expert advisory group, and early years leaders, academics and experts. The programme sits alongside the NPQs for teachers and school leaders. Each of Ambition’s NPQs share the same common language and framework to help drive improvement across education.
With no project work and minimal time out of your early years’ setting, this NPQ is designed to fit around your busy timetable.
Benefits for you
Thrive as a leader
This programme is designed specifically for leaders of early years education. Through evidence-based professional development, you’ll learn what great early years learning looks like and how to lead others and your setting. You’ll also look at what others can learn from you.
Close the gap
Evidence shows that high quality care and education in early years is fundamental for a child’s development, preparing them for school and later life. We’ll help you to develop the knowledge to deliver this to the children you support.
Train to your timetable
This is a flexible programme, designed to fit around your existing work commitments. Most of the training can be completed at a time that suits you with minimal time spent away from your early years setting.
Connect with peers
You’ll train with people from early years settings, sharing your experiences and building a strong support network.
Tailor your training
The programme allows you to apply the theory to your early years’ setting.
Benefits for your early years setting
Give young people the best start
Equipping your leaders with evidence-based training on what good education and care looks like will help to create a level playing field for children in the early stages of life.
Benefit from tailored training
This is the first NPQ that is designed specifically for early years practitioners. It will develop expertise that can be applied to identifying and addressing persistent and common challenges in early years leadership.
Invest in high-quality professional development
Participants will learn how to unpack and apply learning across all aspects of the early years –and support their colleagues to develop in these areas too.
Create a ‘golden thread’
The new NPQs are all aligned. Right from the start, your leaders will benefit from an evidence-based framework with a common language that they can pass onto colleagues.
Tap into a network
Your leaders will train alongside peers from other early years settings, supported by facilitators who fully understand their needs.
What you will learn
This programme follows the Department for Education’s National Professional Qualification: Early Years Leadership Framework.
You will learn how to:
- Set a strategic direction for your early years setting and apply ambitious standards for all children.
- Champion evidence-based practice.
- Plan and deliver care and a high-quality curriculum to support children’s development.
- Establish communication, language and literacy approaches to support children’s learning.
- Make sure all children experience success.
- Identify children who need support and make appropriate referrals.
- Create an environment for all children and colleagues where everyone feels welcome and safe.
Note: programme content is subject to change.
How you’ll learn
The programme is delivered through blended learning. This includes a mix of real-time interactive online sessions, face-to-face training, peer-led sessions and self-guided modules which you complete in your own time.
The assessment window starts at the end of the 18-month programme and runs for three months. During this time, participants will be given an eight-day window to sit an ‘open book’ style assessment in which they respond to a short case study.
There are two assessment windows every year, and participants can sit the assessment two times, if they need to.
You need to complete the course to qualify for the NPQ accreditation.
Ambition Institute will offer a webinar and live clinic in advance of the assessment window to support participants.
NEW: Department for Education scholarship funding is available to all state schools.
The NPQEYL is also funded for early settings registered on the Ofsted Early Years Register. This includes:
- private, voluntary or independent nurseries.
If you do not work in an eligible school, the NPQ in Early Years Leadership costs £1,139 plus VAT.
As part of the government’s long-term education recovery plan, it was announced in May 2022 that funding for fully funded NPQ training scholarships will be available in academic years 2022 to 2023 and 2023 to 2024.
From autumn 2022, the organisations eligible to access scholarships are:
- state-funded schools
- state-funded 16 to 19 organisations
- independent special schools
- virtual schools (local-authority-run organisations that support the education of children in care)
- hospital schools not already included in other categories of eligible organisations
- young offender institutions
Practising teachers employed by local authorities, such as supply teachers, will also be able to access scholarships.
Teachers and leaders who are employed as above are eligible for training scholarships for all 8 NPQs.
Support fund for small schools – Targeted support funding
The Department has updated the Targeted Support Fund offer for the 2023 to 2024 academic year to further incentivise state-funded schools and state-funded 16 to 19 educational settings in England to participate in NPQs.
For each teacher or leader they employ who takes an NPQ in the 2023 to 2024 academic year:
- state-funded primary schools with one to 150 pupils will receive a grant payment of £800
- state-funded primary schools with more than 150 pupils will receive a grant payment of £200
- state-funded secondary schools and state-funded 16 to 19 educational settings with one to 600 pupils will receive a grant payment of £200